culture/multiculturalism · Hispanics/Latinos

I am Taino…I think.

Dominicans like Puerto Ricans (of which I am 1/16? not so good at math) have a tripartite identity: Spanish, African and…Taino but most people think the Tainos died off (er, raped, ravaged and killed by the Spaniards), not these people.

Check out: “Not Everyone Who Speaks Spanish is from Spain: Taíno Survival in the 21st Century Dominican Republic”

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6 thoughts on “I am Taino…I think.

  1. If you are 1/16 Puerto Rican, than one of your great-grandparents were Puerto Rican. Or two of your great-great-grandparents were 😀

    But Puerto Rican are an incredibly mixed bunch “racially”. Arrgh…this is where I get ticked off with the concept of “race”. It is such a false premise to begin with!

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  2. Well, yes, which is why probably anyone Puerto Rican or Dominican (who can trace back their ancestry mostly to there) should put down “mixed race,” I suppose. Yes, one of my great-great grandparents was from Puerto Rico, two were Dominican and one was a Spaniard.

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  3. I did read on a Taino webpage that there are a couple of tribally presitigious Boriquan families that made a point to keep the Taino blood and culture alive for a number of generations. I'll have to look it up again. All it takes is a few individuals to keep a culture alive.

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  4. If you are in fact Taino, then that means you are my cousin. I'm Afro-Caribbean and part Amerindian – Arawak tribe. Have you thought about doing DNA testing to find out?

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  5. Emm, some day. It's on a long list of things I'd like to do in that area. I'd love to find out what, if any, Taino ancestry I have. I'd love to find out where my African ancestors were from if a DNA test can do that. I'd love to find out where my maternal great-great grandmother was from in Spain and if she had any Jewish ancestry. And that's just the little bit I'd share of my to do list.

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  6. Getting DNA testing is on list of things I plan on doing by March, 2009. I too wonder if my Portuguese ancestors are Sefard, but I need to get other family members to do the testing with me, 'cause I think it may be paternal.

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